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2009 BMW F800R First Look

Friday, November 7, 2008
2009 BMW F800R
The BMW F800R is an all-new model to join the Bavarian marque's growing roster of two-wheeled option.
The big BMW news at the recent 2008 EICMA Milan show was its Concept Lo Rider. But the Bavarian marque also pulled the cover off an all-new motorcycle that is more than just a concept – the 2009 F800R.

A naked roadster joining BMW’s 800 lineup, the twin-powered F800R has been long rumored. In fact, European stunt rider Chris Pfeiffer has competed aboard a similar-looking, specially-prepped F800S for the past few years. (See footage of Pfeiffer’s show at the 2007 BMW Motorrad Days in the accompanying video).

The new R sources the same liquid-cooled Parallel Twin powering its F800S sibling. Displacing 798cc, the 4-valve, DOHC design is claimed by BMW to produce 87 horsepower at 8000rpm and 63 lb-ft torque at 6000rpm. Changes fom the S model include a different exhaust and modified gearing, with gears 4-6 using a shorter ratio. Unlike its belt-driven S and ST siblings, the new F800R utilizes a chain drive.
2009 BMW F800R
A naked middleweight for the F800 lineup, the R model features a chain final drive and new double-sided swingarm.

Borrowing the S model’s aluminum frame, the R motor is a load-bearing element of the chassis. A slimmer cast aluminum double sided swingarm is original for the R (the S sports a single-sided unit) and is suspended by a central spring shock – adjustable for pre-load and rebound damping. A conventional 43mm fork takes care of suspension duties up front with 4.9 inches of travel (same as the rear shock). A steering damper comes standard on the F800R.

Similar to the G650 series, the F800R stores it fuel (4.2 gallon with 1 gallon reserve) under the seat for better weight distribution. BMW claims a fully-fueled weight of 449.7 lbs (204 kg) and dry weight of 401 lbs (182 kg).

Sporting a 2-inch longer wheelbase (59.84 in – 1520mm) than the S model, the seat height is almost an inch shorter at 31.5 inches. Two other seat options are available, with a lower 30.5 inch and higher 32.5 inch.

2009 BMW F800R
The BMW F800R will be gracing European shores in Spring of 2009. No official word yet on its US debut.
Owing to the minimalist front end, the all-new R model uses of a different display than the S. And, like the redesigned K1300 lineup, the F800R makes do without the quircky Beemer left/right/cancel turnsignals paddles, opting instead for conventional switchgear.

The new Beemer features top-line braking components with Brembo 4-piston calipers up front pinching a pair of 320mm steel discs. A single-piston/265mm disc is responsible for rear braking, and, as expected from a BMW, ABS is available as an option.

Speaking of which, riders can customize their ‘R’ with plenty of extra goodies from the BMW accessory bin. Heated grips, on-board computer, anti-theft system and luggage are standard fare upgrades for Beemers, but 800 owners can also select from two other seats heights and a sport windshield. The F800R comes in three paint options – Alpine White with black, Fire Orange and White Aluminum.

BMW F800R Spec Sheet
2009 BMW F800R
Engine: Parallel Twin, 4 valves, DOHC
Displacement: 798cc
Bore and Stroke: 82 x 75mm
Cooling: Liquid
Horsepower: 87 horsepower @ 8000rpm
Torque: 63 lb-ft torque @ 6000rpm
Wheelbase: 59.8 in
Seat Height: 31.5 in (30.5 and 32.5 optional)
Front Suspension: 43mm fork
Rear Suspension: Single shock, adjustable adjustable for preload and rebound
Front Brake: Dual 320mm disc, 4-piston Brembo calipers
Rear Brake: Single 265mm disc with single-piston caliper
Claimed Weight: 449.7 lbs (with fuel) 401 lbs dry
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steve in sydney -forgot to add  January 17, 2011 04:07 AM
Just for the record for those of you wondering about comfort....... I did nearly 1600 kms (1000 miles) on her this past weekend and although the last 200 kms dragged a bit I was fresh enough to shower and go out to dinner when I got home. I'm 180cms and have the standard seat. I would possibly go the higher option if I chose again for a little more leg room but it's not bad as it is. I can try an "Air Hawke" to give the extra height next trip and then compare.
steve in sydney -great fun factor  January 17, 2011 03:59 AM
mid 50s and I just traded my R1200ST on the F800R. I can say the new bike handles wonderfully, non adjustable front notwithstanding, and has the best fuel economy of any bike I've ever had. Power is quite adequate with a solid flat torque curve that makes it easy to ride. As a guide it'll do around the 3.8 second mark to 100kph. 200 kph comes up on any shortish straight out of the city confines but it'll keep creeping up to an indicated 220. Interestingly the stock Battlax 014s will be the worst mileage I've ever got from a rear tyre even though all my other bikes have been bigger and heavier. Back to Michelin Pilot 2CTs next time. This rear will only see out maybe 5,500-6,000 kms even though I ride smotthly and weigh around 85 kgs kitted up (187)lbs. I have chicken strips only 5 mm wide so that shows the confidence I have in its handling abilities. A bit of trackwork and I'm sure it'll be right down to the edge. As a commuter it is light and agile and will get 75-77mpg imperial (about 63-65 US). So on a trip at 110-120kph, now it's fully run-in I can see 250 miles from the 16L tank. Get a fully optioned bike if you can come up with the readies. On board computer in the last month has informed me of tyre pressure decrease (due to a nail in the rear) and a blown tail/stoplight... very good to know in both instances. Heated grips, centre stand, luggage rack, power socket have all been used on a regular basis too.
Bobby -BMW 800 series  November 24, 2010 08:24 AM
These are truly great bikes, plenty of power and torque. I have ridden the 800S but too much forward lean. I have owned the ST but could not get the 500+ mileage comfort zone mode for touring. Just bought a 800GS, quite a ride. Can't wait to ride the 800R, BUT, when will the 800RT hit the market BMW?, should be the perfect ride!
Al -BMW F800R  August 13, 2010 03:20 PM
I had the F800R for a test drive for an hour. Its a very light bike and handles very well. The only problem on that bike is that it vibrates a lot, certainly due to the fact that its a 2 cylinder engine. You cant have it all but overall its a good compromise.
gonzo -f800r  April 2, 2010 11:34 PM
stuck 2300 miles on it, no oil leak!yet.gear change sometimes sticks betwen 4 and 5.
Kwabenaemma -F800R = Compromise?  March 26, 2010 03:56 PM
I don't know how much BMW 'compromised' in terms of making their bikes more "Japanese-y" and what ever got the engineers to thinking Japanese bikes were all that. The fact is that people invest in BMW for the legendary quality and 'weirdness' or so called quirckiness. If I want a Japanese bike, heck, I will buy a Japanese bike. This bike appears to be defaulting from things that are trademarks of BMW... I just don't know if I will do it...
Wayne Martin -Availability in US?  October 6, 2009 05:07 PM
Is the BMW F800R going to be available in the US?
vince -wow factor  August 4, 2009 07:45 AM
I just gotta get one of these puppies.Im well over six foot and this is a perfect fit with the high seat option.Another class act from the guys at BMW, bring on the summer. WHOOOOOOOO.
cortez -bmw f800r  May 20, 2009 02:31 AM
I've heard a rumour of problems with oil leaks with the f range, anyone else heard anything?
Tina - MS BMW -F800ST  May 18, 2009 10:45 PM
I am on my 2nd F800ST, had a F800S for a loan bike for a week. You can't bet them! Mates R1200S & ST can't leave me behind & I often get them in the twisty bits. Can't wait for the F800R to arrive in NZ.
LJR Adventure Tours -F800 Owner  May 6, 2009 04:33 PM
I own two F800. Don't let the numbers steer you away this is a very strong motor in a veyr comeptent package. I just hope I can steel a pair of wheel of this to supermoto my GS!!
Cortez -BMW F800R  April 27, 2009 01:33 AM
"Designed primarily for stunting". I wouldn't think so. I'm sure BMW would be looking to sell just a few (read lots) more F800R's than the stunt community would buy.
Sarah -Sweet Stunt Bike  April 26, 2009 06:19 AM
This bike is designed primarily for stunting, not for speed, long rides or commuting. It is exceptionally balanced for this purpose and the use of a chain is needed to allow the most power for immediate response. A belt or shaft wouldn't suffice. This bike is indubitably the best bike available if this is what you want it for, just ask Chris Pfeiffer.
Matt -power  April 17, 2009 04:45 AM
85BHP is more than enough horsepower for the open road, especially as it is a 360 parallel twin. Come on this isnt a track bike.
cortez -f800r  April 16, 2009 08:22 PM
C'mon BMW, get real and give your bikes a decent size tank, some of us wanna ride further than the corner store. And what's with that zorst? So 90's, and a pain in the butt when it comes to fitting/carrying luggage, put it under the bike like on the 650 Kwakas.
mike -me too styling  April 13, 2009 06:57 PM
A chain on a BMW street bike?! Styling seems a little "me too" Love the K1200R but this is a bit of a yawn, cheap even. Still, better than a couple of years ago. But a chain...c'mon.
Tom -Price  April 1, 2009 10:16 AM
If this bike isn't less than the 9500 otd price of a Ducati 696 Monster,then why should BMW even bother bringing it to the U.S.
brett -street triple or this  March 19, 2009 10:23 PM
I've been thinking to get the street triple for this summer but hey, after seeing the news i am waiting for the f800r. I want to give it a try, as i believe you get more for the buck from beemer.
eel -BMW F800R NO USA  March 13, 2009 01:10 PM
I talked to my BMW dealer today, he said the F800R will not be comming to the US this year. Bemmer Bummer.
Morpheous -Handlebars  February 2, 2009 06:49 AM
Scruffy: Change the bars man?..you can do it yourself (I hope) Bikemaster line of bars are in the sub $20 range to find the right height and bend for you, then go sexy fatbar conversion later. Almost all motorcycles need some sort of modification to fit the individual rider.
Forrest -F800R  January 24, 2009 12:05 PM
Looks like a copy of the Honda 919 that is discontinued.
Scruffy -Rider's position  January 14, 2009 10:00 AM
Someone should clue BMW in. The F800ST has the handlebars too low and forward for long range comfort. This bike looks to have the same riding position. That is the only thing that kept me from buying the F-ST and will probably keep me from buying this bike. IF they come out with an inexpensive cure for the handlebars I'll be interested. The local dealer is cool to the idea of a handle bar swap-out. Wouldn't even price it. ??
scott -what's going on BMW?  January 12, 2009 09:11 PM
Looks like BMW really means business lately, they have put out several bikes in recent years that I LIKE to look at. Still German techno charged, but coming along nicely! Don't think this model would sell well in US market, but that would please the few that would buy it, almost as much as they would be pleased w/the bike itself. BMW keep doing what you do, I for one like to see variety.
Richard -Thumbs up!  December 28, 2008 04:10 PM
BMW has come up with the perfect "adult" streetfighter for those who aren't drawn to cruisers, track bikes, and wheelies. Plus, BMW offers seat options that make the bike suitable for any size rider. If BMW makes the pricing competitive with the Monster/Shiver/Street Triple, then I would certainly consider it.
Luckey -Pricing  December 11, 2008 04:33 PM
This bike will be over $10,000 for sure. A Suzuki Bandit 1250 with ABS sells for less than $8,000, even though it weighs 100lbs less it cannot perform on the same level as the Bandit.
Ken -Another plain vanilla BMW.  November 19, 2008 12:25 AM
Hmm...I'm not sold on 87/63 hp/torque. Seems (in this day and age) that a 800 motor could/should be much more. A nice balance of power for street, though. I like the styling (although I'm more of a BMW "Lo-Rider" concept guy). Much better than the new "designers were on acid" 1300 naked. However...I think the "intake-into-faux tank" scoops look like awkward appendages. Maybe in all black would look better? I think it's a "nice" bike (about all BMW seems to conjure up these days). Hopefully the "Lo-Rider" will bring some excitement and emotion back into the BMW line...if they build it.
gary -the new f800s  November 14, 2008 11:01 AM
i think this bike looks great got somthink diffrent about it from all the other naked class i wnt one
Han -Styling  November 13, 2008 05:51 PM
The bike looks cool but not nice and clean.
Sam -F 800r Nice  November 12, 2008 02:18 PM
Is this quite similar to the k1200r or does it have a shorter base? Anyway if it is similar than it would be a great buy, also if it's power delivery is more than the 800s as promised. Hopefully BMW doesn't overprice it; keeping in mind that it has less than 90HP. There are many competitors out there and I have a feeling that this will be priced about $2-$3K higher than all of them. Of course that won't sway many away from the competition...
Jimbolaya -Great ride!  November 10, 2008 10:44 AM
If it had fully adjustable USD forks & radial brakes it would be perfect; cost obviously BMW's decision for standard forks & brakes. Even as is appears to be closer to perfect than any other street bike for most riders. Can be tailored to almost any use, just like the old UJM's. Obvious competition is Triumph's Street Triple, both standard & new for '09 R models. The Triumph makes less torque, more power, weighs less & has lighter reciprocating mass. I'd estimate the Triumph would be preferred at track days & the F800R preferred on the street. I intend to ride both later. Riders complaining that BMW are overpriced are likely to have never owned one (I've owned two). The overall package must be considered including parts availability, the dealership experience, etc. BMW has constantly increased share & overall sales over the past several years. This doens't happen if the product is "overpriced" as some claim. If it was "overpriced" (in other words buyers could get the same overall quality of purchase & ownership experience) they'd loose share & overall sales, not increase as has been.
jay -f800r  November 10, 2008 09:02 AM
basically i see where bmw is going they want a piece of the ducati monster entry level/sv650 naked bike market. if you look at it that way this is basiclaly going to compete with both perfectly, naked bike with around the same hp ratings, similar looks similar ability to modify them, so long as they bring this thing in at around 8-9k they will be competing tiwth the ducati 696 and teh new sv650 and the other mid sized naked bikes. this bike will do fine but it has stiff competitiion.
Jim -wow  November 10, 2008 06:59 AM
Ben -New BMW  November 9, 2008 11:37 AM
I love the bike. I'm interested to hear if the 800 has enough power, and how it rides two up. Awesome looking bike though. The optional seat heights are a huge plus too.
Interesting -Neat bike...  November 9, 2008 11:21 AM
BMW's paddle turn signal indicators are worthless. It's good to see them move to "standard" signals. Just another one of those things that BMW did differently just to be different,not because it was any better. Now let's just see how many thousands they overprice it by...
joel vtr -nice  November 9, 2008 10:35 AM
I like the whole package. The looks, the specs ( could use some adjustability in the front though).
Dan -VERY NICE!!!!  November 9, 2008 07:01 AM
I love the look of this bike. I'm sure it is a lot of fun to ride like all the BMW 800's. I am also very disapointed about the switch to the japanese style turn indicator. The normal BMW turn indicator makes a lot more sense and much easier to use. Hopefully this doesn't trickle down to other BMW modles!!!
Andy VH -F800R  November 8, 2008 09:37 PM
I think BMW could do well with this bike, because the engine is such a kick! I have ridden many F800S and F800ST models at the dealership I work at. Hopefully the pricing is competitive. One thing I do NOT understand, is the break from the turn signal switches current to other BMWs. There is nothing "quirky" about BMW turn signal swithes. I fact I think the current style makes perfect sense and all the other makers have it wrong (except Harley). I bet it has nothing more to do with progress other than costing less.
someonehappy -confused  November 8, 2008 08:04 PM
Why buying this instead of the F800ST, if somebody want a F800 model but think the S version is too "sport".
Doug -new 800 S  November 8, 2008 01:26 PM
OMG! I want this bike. It is the perfect bike. I currently ride a 76 KZ900 (mostly stock) Streetfighter. As the economy gets worse and more and more riders learn the do not need 1200cc or bigger, this size will be the "Do Everything" choice. They day I buy a new bike...it's this one.
adam -styling  November 7, 2008 11:24 PM
i just dont like the styling of the bmw bikes ....they are great to ride for sure, but they look ugly as .....